With only four days left to file as a candidate in October’s municipal elections, only four people had signed up to be in the running.
Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl has filed to run for reelection to his District 1 City and Borough of Juneau Assembly seat. He is completing his first three-year term on the Assembly. District 1 comprises downtown Juneau, Lemon Creek and the Juneau International Airport area, as well as all of Douglas.
Douglas’ Norton Gregory has filed to run for the open areawide Assembly seat, currently occupied by Assemblyman Carlton Smith. Smith told the Empire before the filing period opened that he was unsure whether he would run for reelection. As of Thursday, he had not filed. Smith is finishing his first term on the Assembly.
Local architecture firm Jensen Yorba Lott’s Tony Yorba announced at Thursday’s Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon his intent to run for the areawide seat. If elected to the Assembly, he would work toward more “economic opportunities ... not just for those of us with degrees” but for all Juneau residents. Yorba is on the board of directors for the Juneau Economic Development Council and Catholic Community Services. As of press time Thursday, he had not filed with the city clerk’s office.
The open Assembly District 2 seat has no candidates. It is occupied now by Assemblyman Randy Wanamaker, who is not running for reelection. Wanamaker was an assembly member from 2001 through 2009, but this is his first term since then. District 2 comprises the Mendenhall Valley, Auke Bay and Lynn Canal.
The Juneau School District Board of Education has two seats opening up — those of president Sally Saddler and vice president Sean O’Brien.
Saddler announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting she will not be running for reelection. O’Brien announced he will be running. He was previously on the board from 2006 through 2008 and is finishing his first term since then.
JEDC executive director Brian Holst is also in the running for school board. He filed his paperwork Thursday.
CBJ deputy clerk Beth McEwen said she put out another news release about the filing period on Wednesday to remind hopefuls to get their paperwork in and to beef up the list of candidates. She said she hopes there are more candidates out there.
“I hope there’s at least someone for the other Assembly seat,” she said.
The candidate filing period for Assembly and school board closes at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Directions for filing can be found online at www.juneau.org/clerk/elections. Candidates can be viewed online at www.juneau.org/clerk/elections/2014/2014-CBJ_Municipal_Candidates.php. Municipal elections will be held Oct. 7.
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